BrisScience Lecture: 17 June 2013


Join us for the next BrisScience lecture titled ‘Evolution and Progress: An Uneasy Symbiosis’

When: Monday 17 June, 6:30 – 7:30pm.
Venue: Long room, Customs House at Riverside.
Arrangements: Doors open at 6:00pm. No need to book – just show up!
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Although Charles Darwin is considered the father of the theory of evolution, in fact the idea of organisms evolving began as early as 1700, at the beginning of the enlightenment. Until Darwin, however, evolution was considered a pseudoscience – on par with phrenology – inspired only by wishful thinking for societal improvement. Even after Darwin, evolution was still considered something of a “popular science”, which was more at home in a museum than a university, with “progress” – the concept that life was always progressing to a final perfect species – still being a major theme. Only with the coming of modern genetics, around 1930, did natural selection become a “professional science”.

In this month’s BrisScience talk Prof Michael Ruse, from Florida State University, will describe the history of evolution theory, and what it has gone through to becoming mainstream science including the battles it has had both outside and within the scientific community.

About the Speaker – Prof Michael Ruse, Florida State University


Michael Ruse is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University who specializes in the history and philosophy of science with a particular focus on biology (especially Darwinism). Ruse founded the journal Biology and Philosophy, of which he is now Emeritus Editor, and has published numerous articles and books; his most recent – The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought.

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